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Open or hollow point bullet

The remaining operations in making an open point bullet are devoted to shaping the point. Because metal must be displaced and moved, point shaping is performed in multiple steps to avoid excessive load on the bullet and/or the equipment. The point starts by forming a truncated cone in which the lead in the core is squeezed up toward the open end of the jacket. The next die begins the transition to a curved surface called the ogive. The first die starts to round the profile of the ogive; a second or third die finishes forming the pointed shape.

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